Monday, May 14, 2007

Supergirl



I actually don't have much interest in Supergirl as a comic-book character, but after seeing all the excellent redesigns of her that other artists have posted on the drawingboard.org, I thought I'd doodle up one my own. I drew up and painted this one fairly quickly, so its a bit looser and sketchier than some of my other two-tone paintings. And thinking about it, I really don't think its so much a painting of Supergirl as it is a of a girl wearing a Supergirl outfit -- at least, that's how I saw it my head while I was working on it.

In keeping with some of my other posts lately, you can compare the final marker painting to my original pencil rough below. Personally, I think the pencil drawing was a bit more successful than the painting but, hey -- you can't win 'em all!

19 comments:

Don Van Horn said...

Awesome Mike! Love it. It does feel like a girl wearing a Supergirl outfit instead of the real Supergirl. Probably why I like it so much.

Joel Priddy said...

Very nice. The background is wonderful.

Kyu Shim said...

Supergrrific!

Frannie said...

She's so adorable! I picture this girl saving a comic book store from a fire, or a schoolbus full of children about to run off a cliff.

Gorgeous figure and background (always love your trees).

Jason Chalker said...

Wow. Cool one. I like how she's holding a flower in a dead landscape. Hope for the future possibly?

Aarti said...

Beautiful style. Reminds me of Seth, but still very very classy on your own. Lovely.

Honolulu Dogfight said...

this is great. another example of how i wish the comics actually looked. i like a supergirl with glasses

Michael Cho said...

Don: thanks, don! Yeah, I don't really have much of an affinity with the comic-character, so I was just trying to draw a girl in an outfit for this one. glad you liked it.

Joel: thanks, Joel. I was worried about that background -- I always have a hard time drawing water!

Kyu: thanks, buddy! Nice new avatar/icon -- hahaha!

Frannie: thanks, honey!

Jason: thanks, Jason. Hmm...I wasn't thinking of any metaphor or anything when I drew her holding a flower. Originally, she was drawn just standing with her arms down, but I thought it'd be cool to draw her holding a flower, as if she'd been going for a walk and picked one on the way.

aarti: thank you. Glad you liked it.

Honolulu Dogfight: thanks -- I like girls with glasses too.

Chris Battle said...

Feels like SUPERGIRL in GHOSTWORLD :) Maybe she's going to fight Feld-man!! I like!

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Chris. No, that's not Enid, but yes, she will fight Feldman. But Feldman will be in a Modok chair...

Adam said...

Beautiful drawing Michael, just beautiful. I love her hair and her face the most and how her fringe (or bangs as I believe you might call it) connects with the geeky glasses. Superb job on the background too, I think you've managed to depict water there rather successfully.
Thanks for posting the pencils too, I immediately felt the urge to try inking them myself for practice but looking again your pencils are so close to what i would ink maybe there'd be little point.
Have you sent this to Dean Trippe? I'm sure he'd go nuts over it.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Adam. Nice to hear from you again. Glad you thought the background was successful -- that was the hardest part of the painting. I've always had trouble rendering water. Luckily I was thinking of a pretty still pond, so it was a bit easier.

As for the pencils, ha! It'd be great to see what your inks would look on top of my pencil art. I was originally going to render this out in b&w as a more "lineart" version, but changed my mind and did it in two-tone. I usually pencil in a "clear line" style, so I can have some flexibility in how I want to ink it -- straight up, or in two-tone with more line-dropouts.

I haven't thought about sending it to Dean Trippe -- is he still doing the supergirl meme thing? Or are you thinking of project:rooftop?

Adam said...

I thought he'd just like to see it. The Supergirl meme has died down now and it turned into a big Supergirl PR special near the end anyway.
I'd just send him a link in a comment on his blog or something, I'm sure he'd love it.

Paul Conrad said...

Michael, I like the finished execution quite a bit...but you're right, to me, it looks like some nuances from the pencils were lost.

I hate it when that happens!

Michael Cho said...

Adam: thanks for the update, Adam.

Paul: thanks, buddy . But yeah, you're right -- some things did get lost from the pencils. It usually happens when I don't ink it straight-up as lineart, but rather do a tonal interpretation...and I hate it when that happens too!

Rob Swizzle said...

. . . crashes art openings in a single bound! She's a bassist, she's a freelance writer, she's Supergirl!

Mike Thompson said...

Beautiful illustration!

Michael Cho said...

Rob: hahah. Nice -- you totally get the "character analysis" award, buddy.

Mike: thanks, Mike!

Anonymous said...

Clark Kent in drag...luv it!